Sierra Leone

GPC II: Promotion of Pro-Poor Growth for Peace Consolidation Programme


For years, the GPC Programme has been the Financial Cooperation part of German bilateral cooperation with the Government of Sierra Leone in the area of post-conflict assistance. The programme, launched jointly with the TC's „Employment Promotion Programme“ (EPP), stepped in to contribute to sustainable consolidation after the country's era of civil war. Restoring agricultural productivity and creating work and income in the country that is struck by 60% of its people living below the poverty line are indispensable if to prevent that peace and stability are once again put at risk.

In GPC I the districts of Kailahun and Koinadugu in the North-East were the Programme's focal areas. Projects targeted the three value chains of livestock, rice and cocoa. Feeder roads were considered to be a key intervention to re-establish and promote the economic potential. The roads not only facilitate access to markets and help restore productivity but they are also used to increase employment opportunities for young people. Conceived along a deliberately conflict-sensitive design the facilities are intended to link citizens with the district and ward administration through planning, maintenance and operation and in revenue collection activities.

While GPC I rather pursued immediate post-conflict aid GPC II now moves towards consolidation of the achievements in view to post-project sustainability. A third district (Kono) was added, with the same agenda to improve employment and income especially for youths. Under specifically tough working conditions due to the outbreak of Ebola in 2014 with its ensuing travel restrictions and necessary operational postponements the Programme will follow its schedule to provide enhanced economic infrastructure along selected value chains and to foster the capacities of key stakeholders in operating and maintaining the infrastructure facilities. The development of economic infrastructure is to promote the productive potential and sustainable growth in the rural program regions.

Special intermittent consultancy services are furnished to the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA), the project's commissioning partner. While NaCSA has already improved its implementing capacities during phase I it now receives selective external assistance to carry on with the day-to-day management of the programme and forthcoming tasks.

The work of the coming months will entail:

  • continue to augment NaCSA's technical and managerial capacities;
  • improve the capacities of the district councils and user groups in planning, operation and maintenance of the programme infrastructure (elaboration of operation, management and maintenance concepts for each type of facility, update existing FMC training material etc.);
  • support NaCSA in the financial and programme administration (e.g. management of the disposition fund, elaboration of withdrawal applications, M&E)
  • safeguard the sustainability of the infrastructure investment in terms of best possible impact on beneficiaries.

Time span
2014 - 2018

Commissioning body

NaCSA

Cooperation partner
GITEC